Babolat Pure Control VS Babolat Pure Control Zylon 360

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  1. Original 6.0

    Original 6.0 Rookie

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    From people who have played them/ demoed them both: what are the basic differences between a Babolat Pure Control and the Pure Control Zylon?
    I mean not in terms of specs, I can read 'em on my own… but I mean, how do they perform on court? Which one is easier to move around, has more power, more feel, serves better, returns better, etc.?
    Also, I'd like to know if that Zylon really works or if it's the usual bunch of gimmickry stuff thrown in there…?
     
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  2. kooyah

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    What do you mean you want to know if it works? I was under the impression that it just helped to create a lighter frame. Nothing more, nothing less.

    So long as the racquets do end up turning out on the lighter side, I would assume it works. You can find out how much they weigh by looking at the specs.
     
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  3. Brent Pederson

    Brent Pederson Semi-Pro

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    The difference is the zylon is light and very, very stiff. To me, a racket that stiff loses all feel and touch. It's like hitting with a hunk of super-hard metal, and gives no joy in the contact phase of hitting.

    Since, personally, I'll probably never actually be competing at Wimbledon, I play tennis for the pure joy of hitting the ball. So, why do it if that pleasurable sensation is taken away?

    The regular pure control is also quite stiff, but has quite a bit better feel to it. It's fairly heavy though, so unless you're reasonably strong you might want to go with something more like the pure drive, which still feels flexible compared to the zylon rackets.
     
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  4. Original 6.0

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    Thanks for explaining that. So same goes for the Pure Drive Zylon I guess... Very stiff frame with little to no feel at all... Hmm, good to know.
    I was thinking to try out some of these (in)famous Bab sticks (since they're so popular... I mean they MUST have something to them), but the Pure Drive looks to be quite stiff anyway, takes away the feel from you.
    Strangely enough but taking a look at the specs, the Pure Drive Team has a stiffness rating that's actually higher than the Control Zylon (70 vs 67); can you explain that?

    Also, if I should go for a Pure Drive (and I'm saying IF), which one would be better, the standard or the Plus version? I have a good first serve but I like to charge the net as well (not being a pure S&V kinda player).

    Brent, what stick has a GREAT feel in your opinion? The one that feels best to you...?
     
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  5. Morpheus

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    I just demoed these rackets. The main difference is weight with a minor difference in stiffness. The PCZ is slightly stiffer, but they are both fairly stiff playing rackets. These differences meant that the PC was smoother and more stable than the PCZ. The PCZ felt a bit harsh.

    Having said that, in the end, I didn't go with either of these frames because they are both too stiff for me (my arm was feeling a twinge of pain}. If I had to choose, though, I'd go with the PC.

    Oh, yea, and the PCZ is really ugly (brown with red).
     
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  6. SC in MA

    SC in MA Semi-Pro

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    Do a search on either the Pure Control or Zylon at the old message board, http://talk.tennis-warehouse.com/

    There's tons of feedback about both rackets. I demo'd a number of the Bab rackets a few years ago and wrote up my findings.

    I ended up buying the Pure Control (2001 model. The newer PC was not yet out). My recollection is that while the PC Zylon was lighter and maybe more manueverable than the PC2001, it was clearly not as solid.
     
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  7. Morpheus

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    I demoed the PD, PC, PP, and PCZ this week. All were too stiff and unpredictable, especially the PD. The PD feels soft because of the woofer effect, but its a thick beamed, power racket that you have to really spin to have any control (that's why its stiffer then the PCZ). The PC was much better, but still stiff and a little unpredictable. The PP was just too light. And the PCZ was as described in my above post. I hoped the PD would add to my serve, but I do just as well with my C8 Pro. These rackets forced me to change my stroke to accommodate the woofer/high power combo, and now I'm a little screwed up. I played really poorly today. I hope to recover before my tourney this weekend.

    I guess I'm not a fan a Bab, despite the huge following. Try out some Volkls. That's where I'm headed next.
     
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